James Andrew Miller in Conversation with Andrew Ross Sorkin and David O’Connor
August 9, 7 pm at Barnes and Noble-Union Square
With his new book Journalist James Andrew Miller, who also moonlights as a media consultant, delves into the world of the Creative Artists Agency, a secretive conglomerate which controls the vast majority of the entertainment industry, whether it be music, television, or films. In Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency, Miller explores the origins of the CAA and its rapid rise to power.
Strangely, the corporation made it to its current throne while staying in the background and stealthily influencing advertisement, funding, and media choices from behind the scenes. Drawing on first-person testimony from many former and current CAA employees and people who made contact with them– including film and television stars, athletes, musicians, studio executives, network chiefs, league commissioners, private equity partners, tech CEOs, and media tycoons – Miller paints a complex pictures of the powers that be behind the glitzy façade of the entertainment industry. Did somebody say pass the E-meter?
Ed Yong: I Contain Multitudes with Radiolab‘s Robert Krulwich
August 10, 7 pm at Strand Bookstore
Ed Yong, an award-winning science writer, takes on the fascinating world of microbes in his newest book on the facts of life. “Every one of us is a zoo in our own right – a colony enclosed within a single body. A multi-species collective. An entire world,” his book begins.
If you’ve ever wondered about the bitty germs swimming inside our body– some of them hanging at the poop shoot, others chillin on the ends of our eyelashes, all of them just as important to how our own delicate ecosystems function as well as the messy but just-so arrangements of the world around us– then this is the talk for you.
Listen and learn as Yong expounds on the disease-fighting microbes that our life depends, right down to defining our actions and decisions. He’ll be joined by Radiolab‘s Robert Krulwich, so you know the convo will be a bubbly, engaging one. Lest you forget that science writers are much less the sober button-down hideaways we used to imagine they were.
Bad Advice from Bad Women: Emily Books Edition
August 10, 7 pm at Word Bookstore
The popular “Bad Advice from Bad Women” series is back, and this time with a lineup of writers from Emily Books, the female-focused publishing house founded by Emily Gould. The writers– Niina Pollari, Ruth Curry, Jade Sharma, Chloe Caldwell, Melissa Gira Grant, and Natasha Stagg (whose debut novel, Surveys has won some praise)– will all be chatting about their newest ventures.
Sharma’s novel Problems, which chronicles the ups and downs of a woman struggling with heroin addiction, and Grant’s Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, a journalistic exploration of the current landscape of sex work. The conversation will be hosted by Charlotte Shane, an essayist whose newest collection Prostitute Laundry, came out in May. As always, expect plenty of stories about misbehaved, unconventional, flawed, and above all complex women.
Chinaka Hodge presents Dated Emcees
August 12, 7 pm at Bluestockings
Chinaka Hodge will be reading and performing bits from her newest collection of poems, Dated Emcees. Hodge explores the role that hip-hop has played in her life as well as the impact that it’s had on the lives of her suitors. Specifically, Hodge meditates on the ways in which the narratives found in hip-hop stories have influenced her dating life, so much so that that they became almost inextricable from her romantic interactions.
Hodge makes use of archetypes from the cultural movement as well as character tropes, and well-known songs (and some that are just close to her heart) to paint a portrait of modern dating and a life that’s deeply concerned with love, romance, and lust. She does all this while paying homage to the music and cultural movement that she respects deeply but that also have shaped her poetic practice.